Ards Adventures

Outdoor Activities in Dunfanaghy, Donegal

Ards Adventures, Outdoor Activities in Northwest Donegal.

Ards Adventures is situated in one of Ireland’s most spectacular landscapes for outdoor activities. With the Derryveagh mountains and several blue flag beaches in the area, it is the ideal place to try out mountain biking, trail running and sea kayaking. We are based in the buzzing sea-side village of Dunfanaghy and boast some of the best scenery to be found on the Wild Atlantic Way!

What we are about:

Mountain Biking: 

Skills Sessions: Improve your riding technique, braking, cornering  and fitness with hour long (or longer!) sessions tailored to suit your needs. All ages and abilities catered for.

Hit the Trails:  With Ards Forest Park right on our doorstep and endless mountain bog roads on offer, you are sure to get your fill of challenging mountain bike routes. Choose from easy 45 minute routes or all-day-long epic rides, see our Mountain Bike page for more details.

Trail Running:

Explore the area: As we are local we have the best knowledge of all the trails, beaches and mountains in the area. Should you want to try single track forest running, wild Atlantic beaches or steep mountain trails then we will provide what you want.

Improve your Fitness/Technique: With several years personal training experience and many more racing, we can guide you on training programs and technique.

See our Trail Running page for more details.

Adventure Race Training:

Want to take part in the fastest growing sport in Ireland? 

Gaelforce North takes place in the area each June, the Coastal Cancer Challenge in July and numerous other adventure events through out the year. If you would like to recce any of the race routes or simply train towards them then we can offer one-to-one or small group training sessions. Get in touch with any questions you might have.

Mountain Hiking:

Guiding: Want to climb Muckish, Errigal or everything in between? Then give Ards Adventures a call and we will organise a guide to safely take you to the summit and back again!

Sea Kayaking/Power Boat:

Get Wet: We offer kayak guiding in the Sheephaven bay. The massive sea cliffs of Hornhead provide excellent sea arches and caves to paddle around, while a more relaxed option will take in the secluded beaches around Ards Friary and the beautiful Doe Castle.

Time to Relax: With the option of two power boats, you can choose to relax and take in the scenery of the area by boat or if you still have energy why not try tubing and water skiing!

Please see the individual pages to find out more about specific sessions and guiding, however we are always willing to accommodate you and should you want tailor-made adventures for individuals, small groups or families then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. All the above is operated by Ards Adventures and is carried out in a safe and professional manner. 

Bio: All things outdoor in beautiful Donegal!

Specialised guiding for mountain biking, trail running, hiking and kayaking. Individual guiding/coaching and small group activities.

Ards Adventures is a small specialised business run by Shaun Stewart, a qualified TCL mountain bike guide and outdoor enthusiast. With many years experience in endurance sports and coaching, personal training and guiding.

Qualifications: Qualified Trail Cycle Leader, Cycling Ireland Foundation Coaching Certificate, Sprocket Rocket Tutor, First Aid.

Notable Achievements:


  • UCI 2.2 An Post Rás 2011 & 2012,
  • TransRockies Mountain Bike Race 2009,
  • Manx end2end Mountain Bike Race 2010.

Running & Trail:

  • Current record holder of Irelands High Peaks Challenge (completed in 2017 with Lonan 0’Farrell),
  • Trail del Cinghaile 90km 2016 – 9th,
  • CTS Dorset Plus 73km 2015 –  2nd,
  • Sub 3-Hour Dublin Marathon 2013,
  • Top Twenty in Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc OCC 2014,
  • Gaelforce Mountain Run 2015 – 3rd.

Adventure Racing:

  • The RACE 2017 – 2nd,
  • Ireland Coast to Coast 2016 – 1st,
  • Gaelforce North 2014 & 2015 – 1st,
  • Coastal Cancer Challenge 2012 & 2014 – 1st,
  • Connemara Rough Diamond 2014 – 1st,
  • National Adventure Race Series 2014 5th overall,
  • Runaway Donegal series winner 2015.


  • Ski-expedition Finnmarksvidda Norway 2016,
  • Ski-expedition on Hardangervidda Norway 2015,
  • Mount Toubkal summit 2014,
  • Half Dome Yosemite N.P 2013,
  • Padi Dive licence.

Bike – Hike – Run – Kayak